Thursday, April 30, 2009

Credit Cards Busted



I had a personal experience recently with credit cards ripping me off. I had a 0% credit card supposedly until the end of the year. The company was respectable, I cannot mention the name (it's one of the big ones), so I thought I had nothing to worry about. BAD IDEA! When I got it about 6 months ago, they claimed 0% until november 2009 with no minimum payments. So I used the card and tried to pay at least a little every month not to get a huge surprise come november. However I had some financial troubles a couple months ago and did not pay anything to that card. It is 0% percent until november with no minimum payment (stated on the balance $0 due), so I decided not to pay anything on it that month.



I usually don't look at the paper statements and just pay my cards and bills online. However this time, the bill for this 0% card came in and I opened it just to get a glimpse at my debt just for the hell of it. Well, what do you know.....everything seems normal, and then I notice that my APR(annual percentage rate) is a whopping 23%!!!!! I am thinking WTF!!! They did not send me a letter warning me of the rate hike or any warning whatsoever. They just decided to charge me more and did not inform me.

So I call the credit card company and they explain that they put me on the default rate because I skipped a payment and did not pay anything for a month (the month I was talking about before with financial troubles). Well no shit assholes, the card is 0% and the payment due said $0, so how in the world can you hike up the rate like that??? The reply was it was in the fine print of our terms and conditions and refused to put the rate back down....




At this point, 2 things come to mind, they are assholes and WTF. I say class action lawsuit (I am sure I'm not the only one that this happened to).... and the card mentioned is CAPITOL ONE mastercard.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Swine Flu Breakdown

Here is some things you need to know about the current swine flu. Here are some quick facts for you.

The earliest confirmed case of the illness was in the town of La Gloria, Veracruz, Mexico, where a boy fell ill on April 2.

La Gloria is located near a pig farming operation that raises nearly one million pigs per year.

The owner of the pig farm is Smithfield Foods.

The first two cases identified (and confirmed) as swine flu were two children living in the United States, in San Diego County and Imperial County, California, who became ill on March 28 and 30.

This new strain was promptly confirmed in Mexico, connecting the new strain to the ongoing outbreak of ILI.

The strain appears to be unusually lethal in Mexico, causing 159 deaths (26 confirmed) so far, mostly in Mexico City.

The Mexican fatalities are mainly young adults of 25 to 45, a common trait of pandemic flu.

Mexican Health Minister José Ángel Córdova on April 24, said "We’re dealing with a new flu virus that constitutes a respiratory epidemic that so far is controllable.

The first death from swine flu occurred on April 13, when a diabetic woman from Oaxaca died from respiratory complications.

In March and April 2009, over 1000 cases of suspected swine flu in humans were detected in Mexico and the southwestern United States.

At a press briefing on April 27, acting CDC director Dr. Richard Besser stated that out of 40 confirmed cases in the United States at that point, only one individual was hospitalized. He also revealed that the median age was 16 years "with a range in age of 7 to 54 years."

Unlike what usually happens in cases of influenza, which inflict a greater number of deaths between the elderly and the children, this strain has, so far, resulted in deaths in people between the ages of 25 and 50.[99] One reason why this might be is that the virus is thought to produce a damaging cytokine storm in young people with an active and healthy immune system.

Swine Flu Symptoms

How can you tell if you might have swine flu and should see a doctor? Here's a checklist of symptoms linked to the disease, which is suspected of killing more than 150 people in Mexico and sickening hundreds more around the globe:

# Fever

# Cough

# Sore throat

# Body aches

# Headache

# Chills

# Fatigue

Some people have also reported diarrhea and vomiting.

The symptoms are similar to those experienced by people infected by other flu strains. In the past,

pneumonia and respiratory failure and deaths have been reported with swine-flu infection. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause chronic medical conditions to worsen.

Avoidance Tactics

- frequent washing of hands with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand sanitizers after being out in public

- avoid touching mouth, nose or eyes with hands unless washed hands recently

- There is no risk of flu transmission from consumption of pork.

To Keep track of where it is, check out: Map of outbreak in the U.S.

and now some humor on the subject from some anonymous guy

Eat right! Make sure you get your daily dose of fruits and veggies. Take your vitamins and bump up your vitamin C. Get plenty of exercise because exercise helps build your immune system. Walk for at least hour a day, go for a swim, take the stairs instead of the elevator, etc.

Wash your hands often. If you can’t wash them, keep a bottle of antibacterial
stuff around. Wear a mask when out in public places and avoid going out in public as much as possible while the swine flu is spreading. Get lots of fresh air. Open windows whenever possible. Get plenty of rest. Try to eliminate as much stress from your life as you can.

OR …. You can take the doctor’s office approach. Think about it, when you go
for a shot, what do they do first? Clean your arm with alcohol.. Why? Because
alcohol kills germs. So…… I put on my mask, walk to the liquor store (exercise), I put lime in my Corona (fruit), celery in my Bloody Mary (veggies), drink on the bar patio (fresh air), get drunk, tell jokes, and laugh (eliminate stress) and then pass out (rest). The way I see it, if you keep your alcohol levels up flu germs can’t get you!!!!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Perspective

If you feel confined than this is for you. A pleasant lesson in reality and a hint of humility. Just plain....wow....

Friday, April 24, 2009

Funny Sayings and Quotes TGIF





I never apologize.
I'm sorry, but that's just the way I am.
- Homer J. Simpson

"Just because nobody complains doesn't mean all parachutes are perfect."
- Benny Hill

"I remember the time I was kidnapped and they sent a piece of my finger to my father. He said he wanted more proof."
- Rodney Dangerfield

"USA Today has come out with a new survey: Apparently three out of four people make up 75 percent of the population."
- David Letterman

"All those who believe in telekinesis, raise my hand."

"Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning."
- Rich Cook

"42.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot"

"The most dangerous position in which to sleep is with your feet on your office desk."

"All my life, I always wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have been more specific."
- Jane Wagner.

"You're not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on."
- Dean Martin

"Constipated People Don't Give A crap."

Calvin: "People think it must be fun to be a super genius, but they don't realize how hard it is to put up with all the idiots in the world,"
Hobbes: "Isn't your pants' zipper supposed to be in the front?"
- Calvin and Hobbes

"It is not MY fault that I never learned to accept responsibility!"

"I never think of the future - it comes soon enough."
- Albert Einstein

"My formula for success is rise early, work late, and strike oil."
- Paul Getty.

"Men marry women with the hope they will never change. Women marry men with the hope they will change. Invaribly they are both disappointed."
- Albert Einstein

"Every morning, I get up and look through the 'Forbes' list of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work."
- Robert Orben

"Never stand between a dog and the hydrant."
- John Peers.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Top 10 most common thoughts that come up when something has to get done



10. "I'll ask someone else to do it"
9. "It's going to be so easy...."
8. "Why do I have to do this?"
7. "let me see if its available online?"
6. "I'm hungry all of a sudden"
5. "What's on TV?"
4. "What are my plans to chill after wards, need to make plans to chill"
3. "I'll just check my email first...."
2. "I can do it tomorrow"
1. "I need to take a nap first, too tired to do anything now"

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Encounter with......evolution





We were feeding some geese at the lake and then some rock n roll bird flew in. It walked from side to side like it just had some fermented fruit sprinkled with some hallucinogen. The bird had spiked hair on its head and was bald on the sides. Is that natural? Maybe someone decided to play a joke on the bird and mess around with it. The poor bugger looked lost to add to it all so we threw it some bread. It had this look of helplessness and sorrow, maybe it was some trait to help it survive, because we instantly felt sorry for it. Perhaps a predator goes to attack it usually and then lets it go out of pity as well, evolution does wonders for it. Might look like a freak, but at least nothing wants to eat it. So, we threw it some bread and unfortunately for the dinosaur mutant drunk bird, one of the geese did not like that it got some bread so the goose chased it away, then flew after it, and gave that retard bird what looked like the avian equivalent of a UFC knockout then waited on top of it for a tapout. The goose landed on top of it and gave it 2-3 nice kicks to the head and the poor bastard stopped moving, so we took off our hats and gave it some silence. We thought our little rock n roll little monster with spiked hair dyed but then after the goose moved away, the little bugger was faking it. We still don't know what kind of bird that was but it was the size of a big duck, bald on sides of head kind of reddish with spiked hair on top of its head. Maybe this is some rapid step in evolution, but what could have caused this? Hold on a second ladies and gentlemen, I think we know why, it must be global warming that's causing this. I don't why that thought hasn't come up before but it always comes in handy when lacking an explanation ;)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Unfounded Expectation



It absolutely warms our souls when people try to help us by reprimanding us behind our backs. So you sit there minding your own business eating with someone from your office and exchanging jokes enjoying the times. Everything is good, and then you start seeing relations deteriorate between the two of you and it becomes unpleasant to be in the same room with the person. Then that person's best friend (your friend too) comes to you and says that they are mad at you because your best friend didn't clean their dishes for them while they were in the lunch room (?????) and not only that, the person telling you this is completely on their side brainwashed. Hahahaha....WTF? Why should my best friend clean your dishes, on what basis do you think that is okay? Not only that but they can't even tell you themselves or to your friend, they make it as uncomfortable as possible and do it all behind your back, and you and your friend don't even know what you did wrong.
Then they go and tell you that it is for your own good because then your best friend will clean your dishes too someday. Why would one try to "help" in such a lowly manipulative unpleasant way? Tell me your thoughts

Thursday


An interesting day indeed. It is the day before friday and the day we start thinking about friday. It's just like any other day really except it is not. I would even venture out and say it is the best day of the week. You start thinking about your weekend and just that thought brightens your mood and day. The mere thought of being able to lay back makes us feel better. Consider it the day of dreams. We conjure up different ideas of how we want to spend the weekend and how great it will be. Then comes the weekend and it's over before you know it. The ironic thing is that you feel better about the weekend sometimes than you do during the weekend. Our thoughts paint the picture nicely and it doesn't always get painted during the weekend. I like the weekend and friday, don't get me wrong, but sometimes thinking and day dreaming about it is more fun than the actual thing. An interesting day indeed.

Circle of trust



Everything seems to be going so perfectly wrong with our economy. The dollar has fallen in value, the consumer index is down, the auto industry is failing, and the banks are struggling.

Blah blah blah, I don't want to hear it, it's the banks that really need our help. We need to give our money to the banks so they can successfully continue to be profitable and continue to successfully be taking our money. Not the homeless family, not grandpa Phil who just lost his retirement money, they don't need our help. Families stick together so they'll find a way and grandpa Phil, well, he is old because he is a survivor, so he'll be alright.

I feel as though I am in middle school and everyone is forced to skip recess because of rainy weather but the weathermen are outside laughing at us, telling us kids what a nice day it is for them on the beach. Why thank you bank men, would you like my favorite chocolate chip almond cookie too?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Flight



Today is one piece of your life, the flight,

We strive to achieve, to believe, to love, to do what's right.

It is a journey every day and night,

It's never easy, it's always a fight!

Life itself ain't black n white, it just isn't that plain,

Some things are seen only after you experience pain.

What's done is done,

There is no turnin back, hope it was fun, second chances, there are none.

That's what reality is,

Don't care what anyone says.

Whatever you do, remember not to forget,

You live once, I am willing to bet.

You will also live today only once, think twice,

Cause I can't tell you what happens next.

A slight of hand, a throw of the dice,

You can't figure it out, it's too complex.

Today is your life, the heartfelt goodbye of tomorrow,

Cherish your moments, remember your sorrow.

You are here for me just like I am here for you,

Look around, that's bullshit, that just ain't true.

Most people don't get it, we take it for granted, we don't take the time,

Seems, as if, caring for someone in today's world is a crime.

We expecting of people, less and less,

Whether right or wrong, if you get this.... god bless.

Be the person you want to be,

Realize…. you not on your own,

Some people care, I hope you see.

I know it hurts to the bone,

But the truth is that we all, at some point, feel alone.

No matter if you are thrown or known,

Don't let anything bother you, be a stone.


As long as you, during your flight, shine bright,
People will care for you cause in a world of darkness, you are the light

Sociable

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